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David Rapp

School of Education and Social Policy, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Professor of psychology and of learning sciences
Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence


Areas of Focus

  • Fake news and media literacy
  • Processing inaccurate information
  • Source credibility
  • Comprehension and memory for text
  • Narrative and expository comprehension
  • Discourse processes
  • Data visualization
  • Persuasion


  • Language and memory, focusing on the cognitive mechanisms responsible for successful learning and knowledge failures
  • How memory is influenced by the plausibility and importance of everyday events, the credibility of sources and the collaborative nature of group discussions
  • Prior knowledge, text and visual materials, and how learning goals influence the processes and products of our experiences